Halloween was over but the terror was only beginning for the Cardinals as they had to travel down to Death Valley to face #2 Clemson. Louisville was predicted to lose by close to 40 points, and they exceeded expectations as they were demolished 77-16.
Clemson needs no introduction. A powerhouse that routinely books tickets to the both the ACC Championship game and the College Football Playoff, with no sign of letting up. They had two close wins against Texas A&M and Syracuse during the season but have otherwise demolished all opponents.
The Tigers ended things quickly, scoring two touchdowns before the game was even three minutes old.
Louisville was actually able to string some plays together and kick a field goal with just over three minutes left in the first quarter, but any points the Cards did put up were like throwing stones at a battleship.
There were times when Louisville played better than others. The Cards forced the Tigers into a three and out with almost seven minutes to go in the second quarter, and the defense intercepted the ball a few minutes later. But these were diversions, just perhaps so Clemson might see what they felt like, as Tigers kept scoring and headed into halftime with a 35-3 lead.
The third quarter was more of the same, with the Tigers scoring 28 points and seemingly letting anyone who wanted to play offense on the field.
Louisville would score their first touchdown in the final minute of the third, on a 93-yard kickoff return by Hassan Hall. Clemson blocked the ensuing extra point and the Cards went into the fourth quarter down 63-9. After the Tigers scored again, Louisville put some more points on the board, this time with a ten-yard run by Malik Cunningham. This would reduce the lead to 54 points…until the Clemson scored another touchdown on the ensuing series.
The Tigers scored 11 touchdowns, with 11 different players scoring each of those touchdowns. This was the first time in Louisville history that the Cards have allowed over 50 or more points four games in a season. Louisville did hold Clemson to it’s lowest passing total of the season with 169 yards.
So there’s that.
The Cards featured two quarterbacks during the game. Malik Cunningham completed five of his ten passes for 121 yards. Jawon Pass started the game and went 12-24 with 110 yards and two interceptions.
Colin Wilson was the team’s leading rusher, running for 26 yards on eight carries.
Jaylen Smith caught five passes for 63 yards as Louisville’s leading receiver.
The Cards fall to 2-7 on the season (0-6 ACC). Clemson moves to 9-0 (6-0 ACC). Louisville is now officially out of bowl contention.
Louisville will face three more ranked teams this season, and fans will see if this could possibly get any worse, starting with their next game at Syracuse on November 9.<